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Rescue operation in France: emergency services lift stray beluga whale from Seine

2022-08-10T03:56:27.656Z

A crane, a net, dozens of emergency services: the rescue of a beluga whale from the Seine has begun in France. The 800-kilo animal was lifted into the air - and is now to be brought into a seawater tank.



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Whale rescue operation in the northern French municipality of Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne

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In a spectacular rescue operation, French rescue workers lifted the beluga whale that had got lost in the Seine out of the water.

The marine mammal, four meters long and weighing around 800 kilograms, was hoisted in a net using a crane from the lock in the northern French municipality of Saint-Pierre-la-Garenne on Wednesday night.

Several veterinarians immediately took care of the beluga whale.

In a next step, he is to be taken by truck to a seawater basin.

The complex rescue operation with dozens of emergency services began on Tuesday evening just before 10 p.m.

The beluga whale was first spotted in the Seine on Tuesday last week.

Since Friday he has been stuck in a lock in Saint-Pierre-La-Garenne around 70 kilometers from Paris - 130 kilometers from the Seine estuary on the English Channel.

According to experts, the animal cannot survive long in the warm fresh water.

Beluga whales typically live in arctic waters off the coasts of Russia, Alaska, and Canada.

Animal rights activists therefore developed the idea of ​​hauling the marine mammal out of the river and transporting it to a seawater tank to feed it up and then releasing it into the sea.

The interest and the willingness to donate in France are huge.

Among others, the marine protection organization Sea Shepherd collected donations for the rescue operation.

In the past few days, several unsuccessful attempts to feed the emaciated and weakened animal.

According to experts, his lack of appetite could be a sign of illness.

It is probably only the second time that a beluga whale has lost its way to France.

The first time a fisherman spotted a whale in his nets in the Loire Estuary was in 1948.

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Source: spiegel

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